Rupert Murdoch's News International Offers 'No Comment' On Reports Two Former Reporters Attempted Suicide
Posted on Wed Mar 7, 2012 09:44 AM PDT

murdoch200.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - News International has offered "no comment" to reports that two senior journalists from The Sun tabloid newspaper attempted suicide.

Sources divulged the information to Reuters, but the media conglomerate stayed silent on the overnight reports. The reported suicide attempts come in the wake of the phone hacking scandal that led to the shut down of News of the World and countless arrests.

The story has been more widely discussed in the U.S than it has in the U.K, prompting some to believe that there is a cover-up underway. The Guardian, which is the newspaper that spearheaded coverage of the hacking scandal, had nothing on its site by mid-morning.

Murdoch recently launched The Sun on Sunday, which debuted to 3.2 million copies but fell off to 2.6 million on the second weekend of sales. Critics speculated that News International's newspaper operation has become a permanently tainted brand.

According to a report in the Financial Times, "morale in The Sun newsroom has been badly affected" as the investigations into the scandal continue to shake confidence and lead to arrests. Eleven journalists from the newspaper have been arrested to date for their immoral news-gathering tactics.

There have reportedly been increased efforts to provide psychiatric assistance to employees disturbed by the scandal.